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California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Idaho reaches deal to reimburse hunters who kill wolves

Oct. 11, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials will make available up to $200,000 to be divided into payments for hunters and trappers who kill wolves in the state through next summer. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game late last month entered into an agreement with a nonprofit...

California to allow more canine blood banks, walk-in donors

Oct. 09, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

California on Saturday enacted a law aimed at phasing out one of the nation's large canine blood banks and the practice of keeping dogs in facilities while their blood is drawn. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law to let veterinarians run community blood banks where residents...

Reward offered for turtles stolen from Georgia preserve

Sep. 30, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — An animal rights groups is offering a reward to try to recover five turtles that were stolen from a nature preserve in an Atlanta suburb. The box turtles were taken last week from the Autrey Mill nature preserve in Johns Creek, WSB-TV reports....

US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct

Sep. 29, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government on Wednesday declared them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or...

China kills 3 housecats that tested positive for COVID-19

Sep. 29, 2021 06:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China has killed three housecats after they tested positive for COVID-19, according to a local media report Wednesday, as the country takes increasingly strict measures to contain new outbreaks. The authorities in Harbin, where 75...

US bans swimming with Hawaii's nocturnal spinner dolphins

Sep. 28, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species. Swimming with dolphins is a popular tourist activity in Hawaii. Several companies...

S. Korean leader's review of ban on eating dog meat welcomed

Sep. 28, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Animal rights groups on Tuesday welcomed the South Korean president's offer to look into banning consumption of dog meat. Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea. Restaurants that serve it are a dwindling business here as...

Tribe wins major step toward resuming whaling off Washington

Sep. 24, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended that a Native American tribe in Washington state once again be allowed to hunt gray whales — a major step in its decades-long effort to resume the ancient practice. “This is a testament to what we've been...

Saint Laurent becomes latest fashion house to go fur free

Sep. 24, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

French luxury house Saint Laurent will go completely fur free in its collections from next year, its parent company Kering said Friday. In a statement, Kering added that another of its houses, Italian menswear brand Brioni, will also stop using natural fur -- making the...